SAY MKE Fellowship
The Southeast Asian Youth Milwaukee (SAY MKE) Fellowship is a one-year leadership program for Southeast Asian youth girls ages 15 to 18 in Milwaukee, WI who are interested in organizing in their communities around violence prevention and healing. The purpose of the program is to build strong girl leaders who will champion safety and girl leadership within their community.
It is the hope that after completing the program, that girls will have developed a stronger sense of who they are, and how their skills, passions and leadership can positively impact the world around them.
This program occurs once a week in person. Youth leaders must complete an application to participate in this fellowship. Fellowship positions are limited and only open once each year in December.
Applications for SAY MKE Fellowship 2024 is now closed.
SAY MKE Camp
SAY MKE camp is a week-long summer camp in August that primarily brings together Southeast Asian youth to learn about social justice, and how they can all contribute to a world without violence. Topics covered during camp are everything from Gender Justice, to political education around why our collective voices matter, to community organizing, and understanding issues that impact girls, women, Queer and Trans people.
There is also space for young people to build relationships with one another, and participate in activities that exercise their creativity and vision for building a better world.
The camp is also co-facilitated by our SAY MKE Youth Leaders, and all participants receive lunches, HAWA merch, and swag items that promote health and wellness.
Healing Heavy Hearts (H3)
This youth program organizes Southeast Asian youth girls in Milwaukee to come together and share stories through expressive art, building self love, determination, and healing through bonding activities.
Each year, HAWA mobilizes Hmong & Southeast Asian Girls and LGBTQ+ youths in Milwaukee to attend the End Abuse Statewide Coalition Teen Summit. This event is a statewide youth prevention learning summit in Wisconsin Dells.
At the Teen Summit, young people will have the opportunity to meet and connect with other young people from all over the state of WI to learn about each other's local and organizational youth violence prevention work and build community.
The Teen Summit occurs each year during the springtime, exact dates vary from year to year.
Each year the HAWA team mobilizes SAY MKE Youth Fellows to attend the WI Hmong Survivors Courage Banquet.
During this event, young people will be able to connect with other Hmong Youths from different culturally specific organizations and programs throughout the state of WI in a Youth Justice Courage Banquet Track.
They will be able to build community with other young people and hear stories directly from survivors who has championed gender justice. This is a closed event, only open to selected young people. A formal dinner is provided.